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Smash (NBC) “Pilot” Episode 1

Smash  (NBC) "Pilot" Episode 1 airs February 6 on NBC (10-11:00 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: The hit-making Broadway writing team of Julia Houston (Debra Messing) and Tom Levitt (Christian Borle) unites with producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston) to create a new musical based on the life of  Marilyn Monroe , and seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) vies with newcomer Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) for the dream  role. Jack Davenport, Raza Jaffrey, Brian d’Arcy James and Jaime Cepero also star. Read More... //  

Interview: 'Smash' creator Theresa Rebeck

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall interviews Theresa Rebeck, the veteran playwright and TV writer who is the creator of NBC's new musical drama "Smash." //

'Smash': Katharine McPhee's 'Touch Me' Shows a New Side of the Broadway Drama (Video)

  Katharine McPhee  joined the likes of Howard Stern, David Beckham and Ferris Bueller on Sunday as NBC unspooled a new promo for its Broadway drama  Smash . Standing on top of a bed in the middle of a stage, McPhee performs  Ryan Tedder 's "Touch Me" while wearing only a sheet as scenes from the highly anticipated drama are intercut in the minute-long clip. Compared to previous clips, including  McPhee's "Beautiful"  cover, the "Touch Me" spot skews heavily male. Read More... //

The Lowdown on NBC's Smash: Weighing the Hype vs. the Reality

Thanks to NBC's relentless marketing and PR campaign, much is already known about Smash , a big-risk series about the making of a Marilyn Monroe musical. At the center of the sudsy backstage drama is American Idol 's Katharine McPhee , who stars as an ingénue pitted against a more seasoned Broadway chorus girl to play the iconic blonde. If the premise sounds hopelessly niche for a broadcast network in desperate need of a hit (thespians! show tunes! jazz hands!), both NBC and critics high on the series have been working hard to change your mind. Advanced word on Smash is that it's the anti- Glee (especially if you've tired of that show's pop song-happy chorus of high schoolers), The West Wing but on Broadway (should you miss Aaron Sorkin's defining sense of a workplace), and a game-changer for NBC (if you went bananas for the first episode, which NBC screened in theaters and made available on-demand and online weeks before Monday's official premiere). Read More... //

On The Set: The Curtain Rises for NBC's Smash

Scene: A massive converted warehouse somewhere in Brooklyn, late 2011. The lights come up on the cast of an ambitious network drama about the making of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe as they screen the series' pilot during a catered lunch break. Once the credits roll, so do the waves of applause... As anyone who's read the copious critical raves knows, Smash — the most faaabulous show that's not on Bravo — is all that and an orchestra seat. Produced by Steven Spielberg , created by Emmy nominee Theresa Rebeck ( NYPD Blue ), loaded with tunes by Hairspray Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and boasting a cast so good you'd think it was on cable, this stage-door soap is either gonna be a knock-'em-dead blockbuster or one of TV's splashiest misfits. It's risky for sure. There's a reason...  //

SYTYCD's Ellenore Scott Lands a New Role on Smash

Good news Ellenore Scott fans. The So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 finalist is coming to NBC’s new TV series, Smash!The new show gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into creating a Broadway musical — the drama, the music, and, of course, the dancing! If the series is going to showcase lots of great musical numbers then they are going to need lots of great dancers. SYTYCD favorite Alex Wong can be seen dancing alongside Smash star Megan Hilty (Ivy Lynn) in the pilot episode and,... //

'Smash' Scoop: Cast Talks Guest Stars, Marilyn & More!

" Smash " is poised to be just that: A hit for NBC , all about the making of a Marilyn Monroe Broadway musical. With two very different, very talented actresses vying for the part of Marilyn -- played by "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee and Broadway diva Megan Hilty -- it's anyone's role. And from what the cast and producers told me, nothing is ever final in the theater ... I caught up with the cast to hear more about their characters, and to find out if the actors who are not playing actors on the show might still be seen singing and dancing sometime soon. ( Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston might not be known for their voices, but that doesn't mean there aren't already plans to get them belting out show tunes.) They also teased a bit more about big guest stars like Bernadette Peters, Nick Jonas and Thurman; what's to come, including reactions to the big decision about who'll play Marilyn; and why that decision isn't necessarily set in stone. Click through this gallery to get a glimpse at the new show, and keep checking back with HuffPost TV for a lot more "Smash" scoop in the coming weeks. //

Raza Jaffrey Speaks on Smash, Katharine McPhee, NBC Publicity Push

In almost every ad for Smash , NBC "introduces" viewers to Katharine McPhee. But what about the man fortunate enough to be holding the hand of this actress on the new musical-based drama? We're excited to introduce you here to Raza Jaffrey, who portrays Dev Sundaram on Smash , the serious boyfriend of McPhee's Karen Cartwright. "They're in a caring, charming relationship," Jaffrey told me of Dev and Karen. "He's behind her all the way." Read More... //

Jack Davenport on ‘Smash’

  In the coming Steven Spielberg executive produced show "Smash," Jack Davenport plays a ruthless musical director with a penchant for bedding his young starlets. Davenport’s character, Derek Wills, is a Broadway veteran helming the development of a musical about Marilyn Monroe. Speakeasy talked with Davenport to discuss his character, what makes a good drama and working with the likes of Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. "Smash" will premiere Feb. 6 on NBC. Read More... //

'Smash': Watch an extended preview (or the whole pilot) of NBC's musical drama

The pilot of "Smash" has been available on demand and for download for more than a week, and you can now stream it online as well. But if you don't have 40-plus minutes to spare, this extended preview gives a pretty good taste of what you'll see in NBC's new drama.Over seven minutes, cast members, creator Theresa Rebeck and executive producer Steven Spielberg lay out their ambitions for the show, which revolves around the creation of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. A bonus for us: Megan Hilty, who's been getting short shrift in the on-air promos that focus heavily on Katharine McPhee, gets some more face time here. You'll also see and hear snippets of several production numbers from the fictional Marilyn musical, listen to Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Anjelica Huston and other cast members wax poetic about the show and, of course, hear McPhee sing "Beautiful" (which, even though we've heard that about... //